175 Wise Words Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of wise words quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about words of the wise.

The Most Famous Wise Words Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. — Plato

A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something. — Plato

A smart person knows what to say, a wise person knows whether or not to say it. — Unknown

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. — Confucius

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words. — Sophocles

Be sure your wisest words are those you do not say. — Robert W. Service

Many words are not proof of the wise man, because the sage only talk when it's needed, and the words are measured and corresponding with the need. — Thales

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. — Benjamin Disraeli

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. — Sir Arthur Helps

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. — Plato

Short Wise Words Quotes

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  • Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay. — Dalai Lama
  • When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. — Socrates
  • We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right. — Ravi Zacharias
  • The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Authority, power, and wealth do not change a man; they only reveal him — Ali ibn Abi Talib
  • If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's. — Joseph Campbell
  • Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't. — Bill Nye
  • Great minds think alone. — Wiz Khalifa
  • A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. — Edward R. Murrow
  • When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Top 10 Wise Words Quotes

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Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness. — Ibn Taymiyyah

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay. — Dalai Lama

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. — Friedrich Nietzsche

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. — Socrates

To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him. — Al-Shafi‘i

Does money upset the hearts of learned men? He answered, "men whose hearts are changed by money are not learned" — Al-Ghazali

We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right. — Ravi Zacharias

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Authority, power, and wealth do not change a man; they only reveal him — Ali ibn Abi Talib

If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's. — Joseph Campbell

Wise words quote A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to yo
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

Deep Wise Words Quotes

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The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence. — Charles Bukowski

The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least. — Booker T. Washington

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All kids are born geniuses, but are crushed by society. — Michio Kaku

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A small act is worth a million thoughts. — Ai Weiwei

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The less you try to impress, the more impressive you are. — Denis Waitley

Honour may not win power, but it wins respect. And respect earns power. — Ishida Mitsunari

Wise words quote Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will apprec
Do not correct a fool or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.

Sometimes it's the words we choose not to say that speak most loudly about our character. — Lysa TerKeurst

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Stubbornness destroys good advice. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

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Hate is a lack of imagination. — Graham Greene

How can you defame mud when such a beautiful flower grows from it? — RZA

Words Of The Wise Quotes

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There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself. — Laurell K. Hamilton

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint. — Hesiod

If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don't want to be. — Dale Carnegie

Wise words quote You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control your that means everyone can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.

The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact. — Malcolm Muggeridge

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A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat. — Paulo Coelho

You cried when He took away your drop of water, not knowing He'd saved for you, the sea. — Yasmin Mogahed

Wise words quote Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.
Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.

The ultimate goal of all goals is to be happy. If you want to be happy make someone else happy. — Deepak Chopra

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. — Elliott Erwitt

The answer lies within ourselves. If we can't find peace and happiness there, it's not going to come from the outside. — Tenzin Palmo

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. — Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar

Wise Sayings Quotes

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A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her. — Helen Rowland

A wise quote can only change a wise man! Therefore, wise sayings are for the wise men, not for the fools! The sunflowers turn their face toward the Sun, the fools, toward the darkness! — Mehmet Murat Ildan

I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions. — Morgan Freeman

Hate and fear breed a poison in the blood, which if continued, affects eyes, ears, nose and the organs of digestion. Therefore, it is not wise to hear and remember the unkind things others might say about you. — Pythagoras

When a pure devotee or spiritual master speak, what he says should be accepted as having been directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Parampara System. — A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

A fool has to say something. A wise person has something to say. — African Proverbs

Your capacity to say "No" determines your capacity to say "Yes" to greater things. — E. Stanley Jones

A wise person speaks carefully and with truth, for every word tht passes between one's teeth is meant for something. — Molefi Kete Asante

If you can learn how to say No skillfully and wisely, you can create what you want, protect what you value, and change what doesn’t work. — William Ury

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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. — William Shakespeare

Words Of Wisdom Quotes

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If you let a person talk long enough you'll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once. — Tupac Shakur

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If the truth shall kill them, let them die. — Ayn Rand

People count with self-satisfaction the number of times they have recited the name of God on their prayer beads, but they keep no beads for reckoning the number of idle words they speak. — Al-Ghazali

A person’s tongue can give you the taste of his heart. — Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

The true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions we uncover the laws of truth. — Jagadish Chandra Bose

If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end. — Al-Ghazali

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore. — Saint Patrick

When the wisdom speaks, be silent. Do not waste your candle when the sun is there. — Mehmet Murat Ildan

Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today. — Malcolm X

An observer of men who finds himself steadily repelled by some apparently trifling thing in a stranger is right to give it great weight. It may be the clue to the whole mystery. A hair or two will show where a lion is hidden. A very little key will open a very heavy door. — Charles Dickens

Wise Advice Quotes

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A fool think he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. Proverbs 12:15 — Bible

When a wise man is advised of his errors, he will reflect on and improve his conduct. When his misconduct is pointed out, a foolish man will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error. — Gautama Buddha

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Govern wisely, and as little as possible — Sam Houston

The man who does not learn to wait upon the Lord and have his thoughts molded by Him will never possess that steady purpose and calm trust, which is essential to the exercise of wise influence upon others, in times of crisis and difficulty. — Dixon Edward Hoste

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. — Hunter S. Thompson

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. — Bible Proverbs

Advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it. — Publilius Syrus

A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice. — Bill Cosby

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise. — Joan Rivers

Wise Wisdom Quotes

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Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. — Charles Spurgeon

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.This was said by gene wilder ... what does it mean ? — Gene Wilder

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. — Ronald Reagan

The real work is in the Heart: Wake up your Heart! Because when the heart is completely awake, Then it needs no Friend. — Rabia Basri

Put aside your pride, Set down your arrogance, And remember your grave. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion. — Grantland Rice

Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different. — C. S. Lewis

Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. — Otto von Bismarck

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it. — Thomas S. Monson

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Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Very Wise Quotes

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A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power! — Mehmet Murat Ildan

Those who take the lead take it by doing three things. First, science to be able to manoeuvre; second, knowledge to be able to heavily invest in education; and third, a very wise leadership with a clear vision and a roadmap to the right direction. — Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The wisest man I ever knew taught me something I never forgot. And although I never forgot it, I never quite memorized it either. So what I’m left with is the memory of having learned something very wise that I can’t quite remember. — George Carlin

Cats always seem so very wise, when staring with their half-closed eyes. Can they be thinking, I'll be nice, and maybe she will feed me twice? — Bette Midler

Every wise workman takes his tools away from the work from time to time that they may be ground and sharpened; so does the only-wise Jehovah take his ministers oftentimes away into darkness and loneliness and trouble, that he may sharpen and prepare them for harder work in his service. — Robert Murray M'Cheyne

As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep - as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny. — Joseph Campbell

Not all men (and especially the wisest) share the opinion that it is bad for women to be educated. But it is very true that many foolish men have claimed this because it displeased them that women knew more than they did. — Christine de Pizan

'How do you know so much about everything?' was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was 'By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.' — John Abbott

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. — J. R. R. Tolkien

Good things aren't supposed to just fall into your lap. God is very generous, but He expects you to do your part first. — Audrey Hepburn

Wise Proverbs Quotes

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The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat. — African Proverbs

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With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin. — Maltbie Davenport Babcock

He that winneth souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30) - Those are the best educated ministers, who win the most souls. — Charles Grandison Finney

Mind is everything. What we think, we become. — Gautama Buddha

Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. — Confucius

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. — Confucius

You can lead a bureaucrat to water, but you can't make him think. — Ric Keller

You must act as if it's impossible to fail. — Ashanti

Strike while the iron is hot. — Geoffrey Chaucer

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. Proverbs 15: 31 — Bible

Wise People Quotes

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Everyone makes mistakes. The wise are not people who never make mistakes, but those who forgive themselves and learn from their mistakes. — Ajahn Brahm

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses. — William Arthur Ward

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. — Seneca The Elder

I believe that if people would learn to use LSD's vision-inducing capability more wisely, under suitable conditions, in medical practice and in conjunction with meditation, then in the future this problem child could become a wonderchild. — Albert Hofmann

Education should foster; this education is meant to repress. Education should inspire; this education is meant to tame. Education should harden; this education is meant to enervate. The English are too wise a people to attempt to educate the Irish in any worthy sense. As well expect them to arm us. — Patrick Pearse

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. — E. O. Wilson

The key to success in life is using the good thoughts of wise people. — Leo Tolstoy

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Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. — William Butler Yeats

Maybe some people just aren't meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It's like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that's why they're here. You'll have that gift forever. — Danielle Steel

Two things cause people to be destroyed: fear of poverty and seeking superiority through pride. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Wise Life Quotes

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Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. — Viktor E. Frankl

Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. — Carol S. Dweck

What you think you become. — Gautama Buddha

No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and application of wise thought which counts. — Bob Proctor

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. — Joseph Addison

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. — Sonia Sotomayor

If we grow wiser and more learned in our intercourse with wise and learned persons, how much more will we gain in our inner life by communing with God in prayer. — Huldrych Zwingli

Riches are for the comfort of life, and not life for the accumulation of riches. I asked a holy wise man, "Who is fortunate and who is unfortunate?" He replied: "He was fortunate who ate and sowed, and he was unfortunate who died without having enjoyed. — Saadi Shirazi

There are questions I'm still not wise enough to answer, just wise enough to no longer ask. — George Jones

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How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved. — Sigmund Freud

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More Wise Words Quotes

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Wise words quote by Yiddish Proverbs

A wise man hears one word and understands two. — Yiddish Proverbs

Wise words quote by Frank Ocean

Those who are heartless, once cared too much. — Frank Ocean

Wise words quote by Esther Hicks

The greatest gift you can ever give another person is your own happiness — Esther Hicks

Wise words quote by Roger Bacon

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. — Roger Bacon

Wise words quote by Edward Thorndike

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. — Edward Thorndike

Wise words quote by Douglas Malloch

You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes. — Douglas Malloch

Wise words quote by Robin Sharma

Push YOURSELF to the edge of YOUR limits. That's how they expand — Robin Sharma

Wise words quote by Ibn Majah

One who directs to good is rewarded similar to the doer of good. — Ibn Majah

Wise words quote by Aristotle

Through discipline comes freedom. — Aristotle

Wise words quote by Isamu Noguchi

It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness. — Isamu Noguchi

Wise words quote by Maria W. Stewart

Talk without effort is nothing. — Maria W. Stewart

Wise words quote by India.Arie

The worst disease in the world is hate. And the cure for hate is love. — India.Arie

Wise words quote by Paulo Coelho

the reward of our work is not what we get, but what we become — Paulo Coelho

Wise words quote by Hans-Georg Gadamer

Being that can be understood is language. — Hans-Georg Gadamer

Wise words quote by Gautama Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife ... Kills without drawing blood. — Gautama Buddha

Wise words quote by Sherry Argov

Anytime a woman competes with another woman she demeans herself. — Sherry Argov

Wise words quote by Mary Kay Ash

Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind. — Mary Kay Ash

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. — John Steinbeck

Let me tell you how to love all equally. Do not demand anything of those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In that case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially. — Sarada Devi

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